This Week in New Haven (October 3 – 9)

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T he lights flicker, and flicks alight.

So do season openers, special appearances and weekend festivities.

Monday, October 3
A weekly Halloween-season movie series starts tonight at Best Video in Hamden. First up is Get Out, with Young Frankenstein, Shaun of the Dead and The Craft filling out the rest of the month.

Tuesday, October 4
Also getting into the spirit, The State House hosts Blood Incantation, Full of Hell, Vermin Womb, Mortuous and God is War for a slashing, gnashing, pulverizing metal bill at 7 p.m.

Or, at Toad’s Place at 8, take the alternative power emo pop path set by turn-of-century notables Jimmy Eat World and their opener, Charly Bliss, making good on a September show that had to be rescheduled due to a health scare.

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Wednesday, October 5
The Movies in the Plaza outdoor screening series closes out its year with a Halloween-month run of its own. Things start tonight with a sequel, Ghostbusters II, followed in coming weeks by Nightmare Before Christmas, A Quiet Place and Coraline.

Thursday, October 6
In conjunction with Fazal Sheikh: Exposures at the Yale University Art Gallery, the photographer Fazal Sheikh, whose subjects focus primarily on “individuals and communities displaced by conflict and environmental change, “details his process, including historical, personal, and scientific aspects of… the exhibition” during a 5:30 lecture.

The Treasures from the Yale Film Archive series enters the filmic fray with The Third Man, a black-and-white noir thriller billed as “one of the glories of postwar cinema, and quite possibly one of the most sheerly enjoyable movies ever made.” The literal film, in 35mm, starts rolling at 7 p.m. in Room L01 of Yale’s Humanities Quadrangle.

Yale Repertory Theatre opens its 2022-23 season with a 7:30 performance of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. “It’s 2AM and George and Martha are just getting started. The middle-aged married couple, a once-promising historian and his boss’s frustrated daughter, welcome a younger professor and his wife for a nightcap—only to ensnare them in increasingly dangerous rounds of fun and games.”

Friday, October 7
Open Source @ City, a City Gallery exhibition showing “painting, sculpture, photography, papermaking, fiber art, printmaking, and mixed media” from its member-artists, gets a jump on this month’s Open Source visual arts festival with an opening reception from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

At 6 p.m in the Behan Community Room of Albertus Magnus’s Hubert Campus Center, Jody Rosen will discuss his book Two Wheels Good: The History and Mystery of the Bicycle. Or, if you’re more of a morning person, Rosen will be at Possible Futures Bookshop tomorrow for an hour starting at 9:30 a.m. New Haven, by the way, “has a place near the epicenter of cycling history.”

Coinciding with special visits tomorrow, the Whitney Humanities Center is screening a Venn diagram of three films, the first and second starring actor Brooke Adams, the second and third directed by Michael Roemer. The first, screening tonight at 7 p.m. and set in 1910, is Days of Heaven, in which “a Chicago steel worker accidentally kills his supervisor and flees to the Texas panhandle with his girlfriend and little sister.” The second, screening Saturday at 1 p.m. and followed by a Q&A with Adams and Roemer, is Vengeance Is Mine, in which “a troubled young woman,” while “unsuccessfully trying to close old family wounds,” “finds that her new friendship with a neighbor has her stuck in another family drama.” The third, also screening tomorrow, at 4 p.m., is The Plot Against Harry, a “delightful, offbeat comedy about a sad-eyed, small-time New York numbers racketeer named Harry Plotnick who has just emerged from prison after many years.”

At 8 p.m. at The State House, a Macabre Variety Show’s variety spans a straight jacket escape; “metal burlesque”; classical guitar “with a melancholy twist”; a laser light show to the Stranger Things soundtrack; a “one-of-a-kind alt drag king” as well as an “alt goth drag queen”; “shibari robe tying and suspension”; a “one-time-only secret performance”; and, “closing the night out,” a DJ set of “goth and metal favorites.”

Saturday, October 8
Oktoberfest celebrations square off and round out. Outside the city, Stony Creek Brewery’s 5th Annual Docktoberfest goes from 11 to 8, “transform[ing]” the place “into a traditional German beer garden” and offering stein-holding competitions, live music and a couple of food trucks. Inside the city, from noon to 4 and 5 to 9, East Rock Brewing hosts two Oktoberfest sessions with live polka music, stein-holding competitions, pretzel-throwing, a dunk tank, corn hole “and more,” including, it seems, food and other vendors.

From noon to 6 in Shelton’s Veterans Memorial Park, a fall edition of Celebrate Shelton’s Downtown Sounds outdoor music series features an impressive and local live music lineup—The Alpaca Gnomes, One Time Weekend and Manny James—and adds “delicious local food trucks, a beer and wine garden sponsored by NEBCO, handmade artisan vendors and children’s activities.”

At 3 p.m. at Hamden High School, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and conductor Chelsea Tipton, II, open a new season with Unforgettable: The Music of Nat King Cole, guest-starring the crooner CAESAR and his “smooth vocals and debonair delivery.”

Sunday, October 9
The 5th Annual Dominate the Day 5K begins and finishes at the Savin Rock Conference Center, running up and down the West Haven coast. A Kids’ Fun Run starts at 9 a.m., with the main race and a one-mile walk following at 9:30. The Dominate the Day Foundation was “created to honor the life and legacy of Jordan Sebastian,” who died of cancer at age 24, by “helping young people become the absolute best version of themselves, through character, relationships, academics, sports and their positive impact on the world.”

Written by Dan Mims. Image 1, provided courtesy of the Yale University Art Gallery, features Latitude: 30°53’60″N/Longitude: 34°45’53″E (October 9, 2011) by Fazal Sheikh. Image 2 features a moment from Ghustbusters II. Image 3 features the cover of Two Wheels Good: The History and Mystery of the Bicycle. Image 4, photographed by Evgeny Karandaev, features beer and pretzels. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.

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Dan has worked for a couple of major media companies, but he likes Daily Nutmeg best. As DN’s editor, he writes, photographs, edits and otherwise shepherds ideas into fully realized feature stories.

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